Anyone need their frame straightened?
I recently delivered a bent Matchless G15 frame to Dave Kellett at Slacks Creek, Brisbane. He had a number of machines there, mostly Harley Davidsons and various Japanese makes as well as one pre war BSA Sloper. All were requiring his attention for damage frames. It transpired that upon leaving school he did his apprenticeship as a motor mechanic. However he and a school friend, Andre Bosman were toying around with motorcycles in their teenage years. This eventually led to an interest racing. He and Bosman secured a used 750 Suzuki Water Bottle sidecar around 1980. The first trophy they won was from Bob Martin Engineering. Later he met and married Wendy Porteous, she being the sister of another sidecar racer, Gavin Porteous. Dave moved to Melbourne and then worked for Bob Martin undertaking both motorcycle and car repairs. He designed his own sidecar frame and fitted a GSX1100 engine on which he rode as the passenger at Bathurst with Andre Bosman. In 1986-7 they won back-to-back Australian Sidecar Titles. They also later had a LCR sidecar which was manufactured in Switzerland. This Dave and Andre Bosman rode overseas in the world titles in 1988 and 1992 with varying degrees of success. Dave has also ridden as a passenger both here and overseas with Shane Soutar with whom he won the Australian title in 1994 and finished equal 6th in the World Championship in 1998. In 2011 there was another Australian title win with Andre Bosman some 25 years after their first one. However, getting back to the core subject. Sometimes we get a frame and gather together all the parts to build the next project. It can transpire that the frame has been through numerous spills and prangs of various degrees. Hence the frame is not as straight as it was when it left the factory. That’s where Dave’s expertise comes in. He has a good eye and understanding of what needs to be done to rectify the problem so that the finished product steers straight. I understand that he requires that the crankcases be fixed in the frame, and the gearbox, rear chain and wheel be fitted. This helps him to ensure that when finished all is straight. He trades as Dave Kellett Motorcycle Engineering at 3/46 Randall St, Slacks Creek, Brisbane and can be contacted on (07) 3290 2811 or email dwkel[email protected]tusnet.com.au